Last year I made this community film with David Slowo and video trainees from PAW Media & Communications.
The brief was to explore the role of governance within the Warlpiri Youth Development Aboriginal Corporation (WYDAC).
WYDAC started in 1993 as a response to petrol sniffing in Yuendumu. It began as a remote outstation program at Mt Theo. Andrew Stojanovski (working for Yuendumu School at the time) took young people to the outstation where they were cared for by Peggy Nampijinpa Brown and Johnny Japangardi Miller (and their families). In 2010, Andrew published a book about the early history of the program that is available in bookstores or direct from WYDAC (however WYDAC encourage you to try source it locally first). You can view a sample on the Readings website. It is also available digitally on Booki.sh.
Peggy (who is interviewed in the film) and … Read More »
I met Scott Duncan at Yuendumu in 2000 when he came out to shoot a short film on the local painters for the NBC Olympics coverage and I was working at the local art centre.
Yuendumu is pretty much in the centre of Australia on land belonging to the Warlpiri and Anmatjerre people.
Scott came out to shoot a short film on the local painters for the NBC Olympics coverage and I was working at the local art centre.
I’d never seen so much film equipment in Yuendumu before. I think there were about 35 cases of gear! The drive out to Yuendumu was pretty rough back then and Scott’s crew had a bit of an accident on the drive out, so when they arrived they were all pretty dusty and fit right in.
The light in Central Australia can be … Read More »
Documentary on Australian Rules Football — Warlpiri style!